DNCC mayor seeks building-safety documents from owners by 10 days

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Dhaka, Mar 29: In the wake of devastating fire at Banani’s FR Tower, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam on Friday asked the owners of high-rise buildings in the city to submit their all the documents relating to building safety by 10 days.“Building owners, especially those of the high-rise ones, must submit all the fire-safety and building-safety clearance certificates to me by 10 days,” he said.

Talking to reporters after visiting the FR tower site, he also said the DNCC will soon issue a notice in this regard.

The mayor said magistrates will conduct a drive and take legal actions against those who will fail to ensure fire and building-safety measures.

He said another drive will be launched soon against illegal establishments. “We’ll show zero tolerance to illegal buildings. Now, we’ll go for actions.”

Atiqul said the probe committee, formed by the DNCC to look into FR Tower fire incident, will submit its report within three working days, and necessary actions will be taken against those will be found responsible.

He warned the owners that they will be held responsible if any accident happens in their buildings for lack of safety measures.

The mayor also laid emphasis on ensuring coordination between Rajuk and the city corporation in ensuring safe building construction.

At least 25 people were killed and over 70 others injured in the tragic Banani fire incident on Thursday.

The fire broke out around 12:45 pm on the fifth floor of the 22-storey FR Tower at 12:45 pm on Thursday and 20 firefighting units brought the blaze under control around 4:45pm.